6 November openings at Alserkal Avenue

Alserkal Arts Foundation invites you to the opening of Is This Tomorrow?, an exhibition held in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, London, and we were building sand castles_but the wind blew them away_FINALFINAL3.psd, a public art commission by METASITU.

6.30PM: Artist-led tour of we were building sand castles but the wind blew them away
Warehouse 90
7PM: Opening reception Is This Tomorrow?
7.30PM: Curator-led tour of Is This Tomorrow? with Lydia Yee
8PM: Majlis Talk by FOLIO | Rana Begum and Marina Tabassum in conversation with Lydia Yee

Free and open to all, register here for the opening:

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Wednesday, 6 November | 6.30-9PM | Alserkal Avenue
Is This Tomorrow?

Alserkal Arts Foundation presents the landmark exhibition Is This Tomorrow? in and around Concrete, at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, from 6-23 November 2019, in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, London. The exhibition, curated by Whitechapel Gallery chief curator Lydia Yee, responds to timely contemporary issues to offer speculative visions of the future through five pairings between leading artists and architects, including a new site-specific commission by visual artist Rana Begum and architect Marina Tabassum, winner of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

The interdisciplinary installations, environments, and pavilions by Amalia Pica and 6a, Cao Fei and mono office, Mariana Castillo Deball and Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Rana Begum and Marina Tabassum Architects, and Hardeep Pandhal and APPARATA reveal the expansive potential of collaboration between art and architecture, in line with the wider November in Alserkal Avenue programme. Is This Tomorrow? will take place in and around Concrete, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture-designed building shortlisted for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Location | Concrete
Public Art Commission by METASITU

In this public art commission presented by Alserkal Arts Foundation, METASITU, an artist collective (and former residents of Alserkal Residency) will transform the building previously known as Nadi Al Quoz into a ruin folly, a popular architectural typology in the 18th and 19th century Western garden tradition.

Patrons commissioned ‘deliberate ruins’ and ‘exotic pavilions’ - follies - for their estates. These structures of ‘unusable architecture’ came to establish spatial counter-narratives to the production-line logic of the, then-emerging, industrialisation era. By deliberately creating a ruin in 21st century Dubai, METASITU reflects on the extractive city-building processes, as well as contextualises them within different human and geological timelines.

In an attempt to return the building’s materials to their ‘original state’, different parts will be repurposed and reused. In the spring of 2020, the space will be further deconstructed into a landscaped environment for the public.

Location | Warehouse 90